The Surprising Truth About Beauty Products

Beauty Products
Beauty Products 

The Surprising Truth
About Beauty Products

Make reading a habit, they say is a cliché but maybe not. In this fast-changing world, the fine print can actually be lifesavers when word of mouth and advertisements become unreliable. Here are the surprising truths about the beauty products in the market nowadays:

 1. Packaging and Brand Names Do Not Guarantee Efficacy

Admit it, there are too many beauty and cosmetic products in your house that were purchased because the packaging is trendy and nice. But behind this truth is a company that spent more hours conceptualizing a packaging design to lure consumers to buy their products than actually improving the quality of the product itself. While there are brands that stick with a minimalist and clean packaging design yet are very effective.

The TV ads are enticing

2. They Contain Ingredients That are More Harmful Than Helpful

The TV ads are enticing, the buy 1, take 1 deal is irresistible, and the packaging is one of a kind, all of these factors take your attention away from the more important information that we must all pay attention to – the ingredients. If you read the labels of food before eating it, the same practice should be applied to the products we use on our skin. Some products contain ingredients that penetrate deep within the skin and enter the bloodstream, these are the chemicals to watch out for:


These are preservatives used to suppress microbial growth in beauty products to prolong their shelf life. There have been studies relating parabens to messing up with the hormone estrogen causing tumors and hormonal imbalance. Other possible names are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben.

Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS)

The main ingredient to toilet bowl cleaner, laundry detergent, and other cleaning agents to create suds can be on your shampoo, conditioner or facial cleanser as well and can strip off the healthy layers of your skin.

Mineral Oil

Sounds good for the skin but it is actually the opposite. It is a by-product of crude oil and disposal can be harmful to the environment and very costly so laboratories found a better use for it to preserve cosmetics. This synthetic oil clogs pores and carries other harmful chemicals that are used in making crude oil.

3. They are Not Cruelty-Free

There is no strict screening of cosmetics and beauty products before they are released on the market and there is definitely no easy way to prohibit testing of these products on animals as well. Potential toxicity, allergic reactions, and adverse effects of makeup, skincare, and household products on humans go through rigid experimentation and tests, and unfortunately, animals that are closest to human form are subjected to these tests. Although some countries banned brands that allow testing on animals, some countries where these products are manufactured and bottled turn a blind eye to this fact. PETA regularly updates a list of brands that are cruelty-free.

4. They are Not “one size, fits all”

No matter how good a brand is for your friend, it might not be suitable for you. Products containing salicylic acid will have adverse effects on users with dark skin tones. An anti-itch ointment for bacterial infection can worsen a fungal infection. These are the things that a 30-sec TV ad will not tell you so it pays to research before you buy and use.

5. They Cause Acne

You have probably encountered the term “non-comedogenic” which means it does not clog pores. Comedones are the anti-inflammatory types of acne – whiteheads and blackheads. The use of too many skincare and beauty products can cause build-up on our skin and further clog the pores and lead to worse acne breakouts.

The Real Catch

We have always been spoonfed with information nowadays, through television, magazines, and even social media, being vigilant and having an informed buying decision can save you a lot of money and can save your skin as well. Read the label, compare it with other products, and know the real catch.

Guest Author: Usman Raza is a freelance writer, marketing specialist at Keeva Organics, and co-founder of Usman Digital Media. When not working, he’s probably spending time with his family. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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